Elevator safety features

4 Safety Features Every Elevator Needs

August 20, 2023

Elevators carry passengers and items up and down between floors of a building every day. Because of this, it’s important to put safety first when designing, installing, and repairing them.

While there are many safety features elevators either come with or that you can have added after installation, here are three that are underrated but invaluable to the well-being of your passengers.

Emergency Phone

It’s a scary thing to be trapped in an elevator, which is why it’s vital to have some kind of emergency phone inside. The phone is useful not just for the passengers stuck inside, but for the emergency services that will rescue them.

With this phone, they’ll have a direct line to each other, and passengers can tell the workers what they know about the situation, if anyone is hurt, and be able to follow any instructions given. Meanwhile, the rescue and maintenance services can help keep passengers calm so they don’t endanger themselves while getting an inside point of view regarding what’s going on in the elevator, thus helping them fix the situation more efficiently.

Some may wonder if these phones are necessary, as many people carry their cell phones on them. However, these emergency phones are still critical, as they provide a direct line to emergency services. Anyone trapped in an elevator also won’t have to worry about not being able to get a signal or the battery dying before they can get in contact with help.

Door Sensors

Have you ever gotten your foot caught in an automatic door? It’s a scary thing, especially when you’re in a cab that you know will move soon. Nowadays, most automatic doors come with sensors already installed for the sake of safety, but if your elevator is on the older side, you should consider looking into updating and getting new doors installed. At the very least, inspect your elevators and ensure the sensors are working properly so no one getting in at the last second will find themselves caught in a scary situation.

Elevator door sensors

Weight Sensors

Every elevator has a weight limit. From dumbwaiters to freight elevators, it’s important to not overload the weight capacity. Otherwise, accidents could happen. Luckily, weight sensors will alert passengers if the cab is too heavy to safely lift.

After all, if a car is too heavy, there’s a possibility of the cords, pistons, and other mechanisms to be put under too much strain and get damaged. This will result in, at best, parts needing to be replaced sooner than expected. At worst, it can lead to mechanical failure and even tragic, avoidable accidents.

Air Purifier

Safety isn’t limited to elevator accidents. While we might not be in the midst of a global pandemic anymore, the world has become far more aware of the dangers of airborne illnesses and how easily they can spread.

This is why one of the most important safety features you can include in your elevator is an air purifier like CleanCab. The CleanCab commercial elevator air purification system uses leading ActivePure® technology for elevator cabs. The ActivePure Molecules the CleanCab system releases seek and destroy pathogens in the air and on surfaces in seconds. It’s unmatched by any other device for quick elimination of COVID-19, Swine Flu, Avian Bird Flu, Hepatitis A, and more.

Safety should never be compromised when it comes to elevators and your passengers. Keep your elevators up to date, check the installed safety features regularly, and you’ll have nothing to worry about.